City Lights Authors in the News
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Favorite Nonfiction of 2014
Largehearted Boy selects Man Alive as one of its Favorite Nonfiction of 2014:
"Bravely told with refreshing humility, Thomas Page McBee's Man Alive is one of the year's finest memoirs."
Dec 1, 2014
Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
Kirkus Reviews includes Man Alive in its Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 list
"'The world is vicious and beautiful and, to some extent, unexplainable,' writes the author. 'But that doesn't stop us from wanting a story.' This is quite a story, masterfully rendered."
Dec 3, 2014
Lit Up Inside|
Van Morrison: Lit Up Inside playlist on Aspen Public Radio
-Andrea Young, Aspenbeat
Andrea Young at Aspenbeat devotes half her show to the music included in Van Morrison's Lit Up Inside. (Begins at minute 34). She says, "The best part of the book is it immediately reconnects you with Morrison's amazing songwriting and performing talent. And who wouldn't want to know which songs mean the most to someone of the stature and fame of Morrison."
Dec 6, 2014
Greil Marcus on Van Morrison
-Greil Marcus, The Guardian
"Usually, when a writer shows up at a bookstore and reads from or talks about a book he or she has written, people ask questions: how do you write? Where do you get your ideas? What made you write this book? But not this time. This time, in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, people weren't necessarily interested in my stories about Morrison. They wanted to tell their own stories. Many of these stories revolved around what people took to be a fundamental contradiction: that they could be so moved by, so caught up in, something made by someone who seemed to want nothing to do with them. This person lived out part of my life, and he won't acknowledge it. He put a spell on me, but he won't tell me how. I heard it again and again."
Jun 5, 2010
Thousand Times Broken|
"The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014"
-Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire
Thousand Times Broken chosen as one of the 50 best indie fiction/poetry books of the year:
"The Belgian Michaux was a paragon of esotericism in the 20th century. A wildly traveled cultural polymath, Michaux wrote in a wide range of modes. These three books, collected by the legendary City Lights, bring together some of the artist's best mergers of art and poetry."
Nov 21, 2014
"Talismanic Song: Gillian Conoley & Brian Laidlaw in Conversation"
-Eric Lorberer, Walker Art Center's Field Guide
Gillian Conoley and Brian Laidlaw in conversation for the Walker Art Center's blog, Field Guide the day before their collaborative event, presented by Rain Taxi. They talk about their collaboration, art, music, and Gillian's new Henri Michaux translations, Thousand Times Broken.
Nov 18, 2014
To Die in Mexico|
Dispatches from Inside the Drug War
Interview on Democracy Now
-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now
"Amidst outrage in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students, Democracy Now interviews John Gibler about the U.S. role in the country's violence. According to the Center for International Policy, the United States has spent approximately $3 billion to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. Since the war on drugs began under President Felipe Calderón in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. U.S. support includes $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds through the Merida Initiative, launched as a three-year aid program for Mexican security forces under the administration of George W. Bush. The Obama administration has extended the Merida Initiative 'indefinitely.'"
Nov 13, 2014
Political Perspectives on 09/21/11
"John Gibler's new book, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War, is a shocking and fast paced account of Mexico’s bloody Drug War, told from those on the ground floor. Gibler travels the plazas now being fought over or completely controlled with impunity by Mexico’s violent drug cartels. He captures the stories told by families who have lost loved ones to the war on the streets; journalists who barely escape assassination, convicted traffickers, government officials and those risking their lives to bring about some kind of real change."
Sep 21, 2011